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Moravia NY Forward Projects Announced

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We now know how Moravia plans to spend its NY Forward money.

Governor Hochul announced Wednesday that six projects would share in the $2.25 million the village was awarded.

“Our downtowns are the epicenters of our communities, and I am dedicated to making sure residents and visitors alike can enjoy all they have to offer,” Governor Hochul said. “These projects will go a long way in making these villages welcoming to all.”

Two projects will go toward the transformation of vacant buildings into usable space. The first will see $500,000 go to convert the former Elmira Savings Bank at 142 Main St into the Main Street Tavern, a downtown bar and restaurant. $328,000 will transform a vacant medical office at 66 Central St into Rowan’s Bar & Grill, featuring an event space with outdoor seating and an event lawn.

$300,000 will be used to establish a small project fund to give money to smaller projects in the village to support mixed-use and commercial property improvements.

$640,000 will support local business and pedestrian activity through improvements along Cayuga and Main Sts.

Ethel Fuller Park will receive a redesign to improve safety and better serve the community. $392,000 will be used for upgrades which include a larger pavilion and upgraded playing courts.

Powers Library will use $90,000 to create a flexible outdoor community space. The project will add amenities to the grounds including improving seating and lighting as well as landscaping.

In February 2023, Moravia was named one of the three regional winners in the inaugural round of the NY Forward initiative. NY Forward is aimed a revitalizing the downtowns of smaller communities that wouldn’t qualify for DRI funding.

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